Cesar Chavez’s childhood education was not the best. His family became migrant workers after they lost their farm in the Great Depression. Throughout his youth, Chavez migrated across the southwest, laboring in the fields and vineyards.
While there was little time for school and books as he grew up, several biographers point to the growing passion Cesar Chavez had for education in his later years. The walls of his United Farm Worker’s office were lined with hundreds of books, ranging from philosophy, economics, and union histories, to the works of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr, and the Kennedys.
Cesar Chavez believed that “the end of all education should surely be service to others.”
Knowledge leading to action — a good segue for tomorrow’s Cesar Chavez Day post!
The Essential Gandhi, edited by Louis Fischer, A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., edited by James Washington, To Seek a Newer World by Robert F. Kennedy